Political committees affiliated with potential GOP presidential contenders were filing end-of-year fundraising reports ahead of a Jan. 31 deadline, as presidential hopefuls start making serious moves and laying groundwork for their possible runs heading into the 2016 cycle.
The committees serve in part as one way for candidates eyeing White House bids to build up contacts and chits in early presidential states; many of them doled out money ahead of the 2014 elections to candidates and committees in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, along with GOP Senate candidates in key races across the country.
The Jobs, Growth, and Freedom Fund, the leadership PAC for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, brought in about $1.7 million and spent about $1.6 million, finishing up with about $130,000 on hand. The group made some donations just before election day to candidates in states that included New Hampshire, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, and Illinois, and also made six-figure independent expenditure ad buys in the final stretch of the campaign on behalf of GOP Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and former Sen. Scott Brown, who was running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, along with smaller buys on behalf of Sens. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and David Perdue of Georgia.
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